There’s been a lot of struggles for women all over the world. Times when they had to fight to have a voice in public matters, times when they had to fight to have a right to vote. Times when they were counted as nothing but only a part of a man’s property. Will you be surprise to know that these ‘times’ still exits, even now? The fight continues…
Despite the odds, some women have risen to own a voice, a voice that speaks not just for themselves but for a lot of other women across continents. These women in their various circumstance have used what they had, good or bad, small or great for the lifting of other men and women. They have become a force to recon with, a voice that speaks and are heard, a movement for social change, an inspirations that has and still helps many more to rise and shine!
Your inspiring woman may not be listed here, surely there are millions of strong and great women the earth possess beginning from our mothers, wives and daughters.
Full of compassion and drive, winner of the Oscar Grammy Award in 2014, the 36 years old Keyan but Mexican born actress has been described by many as “a spectacular young actress who imbues Patsey with grit and radiant grace” Brought up from the streets of Nairobi, Kanya, she has scaled to become a world-class passionate and dedicated actor.
TheNewYorkTimes‘ critic Charles Isherwood describe Nyong’o as “one of the most radiant young actors to be seen on Broadway in recent seasons, shines with a compassion that makes us see beyond the suffering to the indomitable humanity of its characters. She has won numerous awards including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in 2012. Some of her movies includes “Twelve years a slave”, “Shuga” “Eclipsed” and the popular “Black Panther”.
The four time Amazon best selling author and author of “How I Lost 40kg, The Journey That Changed My Life” is one of Africa’s entrepreneurs promoting healthy physical and psychological living. With a unique combination of health, tech and thought leadership.
She is the founder of the Total Makeover Program, a creative health start-up focused on empowering individuals with the resources they need to live a healthy life using educational resources including online courses, mobile games and other custom built products that ensure the best results.
The half Nigerian half Brazilian is one of the foremost weight loss and healthy living consultants in the country.
For the success of her books, she has this to say; “Yes the money is rolling in, but I did not write the book just because I want to make money. The idea is to help people find the good health that they seek. If I make money on the side, it only means that I have reached a lot of people.”
One of Africa’s richest black woman and chairman of Famfa Oil & Gas, Mrs Folorunsho Alakija She is also The group Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group. Born as the eighth child of a family of 54, without a university degree, she has worked hard and achieved great success. She temporarily unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014. She is involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries. Her company is also a major sponsor of the Agbami medical and engineering scholarship scheme, one of the most reliable scholarship scheme in Nigeria with over a thousand people yearly as beneficiaries. Mrs Alakija is a fervent supporter of education in Nigeria.
She defines an entrepreneur as someone who simply grab holds of opportunities disrupts monopolies and fosters competition and does every other thing to the Glory of God.
Being a devote Christian Alakija recalled that her biggest leap in life was becoming born again at the age of 40.
“I don’t think I could have got this far if I had not entered into a covenant with God. It was 25 years since I gave my life to Christ. I entered into an agreement that if he would bless me I would serve him all the days of my life.
Isabel dos Santos
The 45 years old Isabel is an Angolan-Russian businesswoman, first Africa female billionaire, Africa’s richest woman and the eldest child of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the country from 1979 to 2017. In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than two billion US dollars making her Africa’s first billionaire woman. In November 2015, the BBC named Isabel dos Santos as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.
In the past decade, she has quickly and systematically garnered significant stakes in Angola’s strategic industries–banking, cement, diamonds and telecom.
“I advise parents to establish very early on a sense of confidence and responsibility in their girls. Teach your daughter’s life skills” Isabel dos Santos
In an interview with Africa news she stated her concern for the Africa continent;
“My commitment is for one day to see Africa brimming with entrepreneurs, from businesses small and big, with ambitious initiatives, full of perseverance, support and opportunities. In my vision, I believe that we have a true lever for change in Africa, and it’s not our resources, but our education. The quality of education we are able to give our children will determine the future of Africa. Anyone that dreams of changing Africa, education is the key. We must educate our girls, as they are the future mothers, and an encyclopedia of knowledge for their children.”
Hamamat Montia is a Ghanaian model and a former Miss Malaika queen. She was elected Miss Malaika in 2006 and model of Africa Universe in 2007
Hamamat who is also based in Acra Ghana despites the many hurdles she has had to face, presently owns a village Spa, “Hamamat Africa Beauty” with her exclusive Africa Homemade product; Shea butter. She is commonly now known as the Queen of Shea butter. According to her, she began her Shea butter business having only her good health and an Iphone.
Speaking with Ghafla, the beauty queen stated; “I get some comments about how bad I look as a dark girl but I am not perturbed by those things, I love who I am and will not allow anyone to talk me out of it. “My experience has taught me that as Africans, we need to accept and celebrate our skin and take care of it and this birthed my shea butter business. “I have come to realise that shea butter has a lot of benefits so instead of using all those creams with chemicals in it, use shea butter, it has a lot of benefits”,
The young model is a passionate entrepreneur and an Africa enthusiast.
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu – Ethiopia
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (born 1980) is an Ethiopian business woman, founder and executive director of SoleRebels, Africa’s “fastest growing footwear company”.Growing up in a small neighbourhood in Addis Ababa, the young entrepreneur Bethlemen Tilahun Alemu discovered that most people in her community were living in poverty and that some of them possessed artisan skills. Spurred by this realisation, she sought to find a way to translate the skills of her people into a business, and thus SoleRebels was born, in 2004.
The eco-friendly footwear manufacturer creates hundreds of local jobs. Not only has Bethlehem’s company grown to be one of the largest footwear companies in Africa, but it has also become a successful world class venture, with flagship stores in Taiwan, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, U.S, Singapore, Japan and many other countries. Bethlehem has received a number of awards for the work she has done to empower the Ethiopian youth with opportunities. In 2011, the 36-year-old entrepreneur made it into the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. She’s also been named by Forbes as one of 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa, and one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group and Chairman Board of Directors of First Bank Nigeria Limited. The Nigeria Oyo born “girl” entrepreneur is a business magnet, author and motivational speaker.
“As a young girl in my twenties and in business, no bank was willing to lend me money. I became frustrated working day and night, not because I didn’t know what to do but because I couldn’t meet the needs of clients due to the fact that I did not have adequate machinery.”
“When you are pursuing your dreams and trying to leave a legacy, you will find help.”
“While my contemporaries in the banks then were getting loansyo buy Daewoo and other posh cars, I knew I had a goal yo reach. And the temporary inconvenience was the price I had to pay to reach that goal.”— from “The Girl Entrepreneur”
Ibukun Awosika has motivated and inspired lots of young persons to pursue excellence and a successful life.
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